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Canticum canticorum, with glossa ordinaria; Peter of Limoges; John Chrysostom; Hugo of St. Victor, etc., 1100 - 1299

Identifier: MS 18


This is an English manuscript from the twelfth to the thirteenth century, containing various texts in different hands, which includes: the Canticum canticorum; Peter of Limoges' de Oculo Morali; Ogerius de Lucedio's Planctus Beatae Virginis Mariae; Publilius Syrus' Sententiae; Seneca's De beneficiis; Pseudo-Seneca' ad Gallionem de remediis fortuitis; Johannes Chrysostomus' De reparation lapsi; Pseudo-Bernard of Clairvaux's Exceptiones super meditationibus de interiori homine; Hugh of Saint Victor's Commentarium super Regulam Canonicorum; Four unidentified sermons, one on Psalm 98 and one on Deuteronomy 16.1; and Saint Basil's Epistola ad Monachos.


  • Creation: 1100 - 1299


1 Volumes



Custodial History

Written in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and bound together no later than the 14th C. On recto of f.6 a table of contents corresponding to the present text and ownership note: "liber Will. Wynham/ Wintoniensis MCCClij"; on f. 186v: "William Wynham." The arms on the cover suggest that it was in the possession of the fourth Duke of Newcastle (1785-1851). Descriptive catalogue entry no. 1331 fastened to inside cover (possibly from the seventh Duke of Newcastle's Clumber Library sale of 1937 or 1938). In the library of Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Other related names

  1. Wynham, William, former owner
  2. fourth Duke of Newcastle (1785-1851), former owner
  3. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, former owner
  4. Gordan, John Dozier Jr., former owner
  5. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of Phyllis Goodhart Gordan ro Bryn Mawr College in 1995.

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Physical Description

Previously Goodhart 66. Text begins on fol. 2 with no apparent loss of text. Parchment brittle and discolored on fols. 125-161. Badly faded ink on parchment that is yellowed and in poor condition making text difficult to read on fols. 178-185. Flyleaves from earlier bindings containing unidentified text on fols. 2-5 and 185-187. ext ending incompletely on fol. 177. Multiple scripts: English proto-gothic book script, the gloss written about half the size as the canticle (fols. 7-43); English cursive script (fols. 44-102); English cursive script, multiple hands (fols. 103-124); English proto-gothic book script (fols. 125-161); English cursive script (fols. 162-177); English book hand (fols. 178-184). Musical notation (a single stave) on fol. 187

Parchment support.

Nineteenth-century dark brown morocco, embossed with blind stamping, gold tooled arms of the fourth Duke of Newcastle on upper cover. On spine TRACTATUS/ VARII./ MS.

ii+188+ii; 163 x 120 mm bound to 176 x 138 mm

Layout varies by section: Fols. 7-43: three columns, each ca. thirty-one lines; ruled in black ink with single vertical bounding lines for each column, full length; remains of prickings in margin; Fols. 44-102: two columns, thirty-one lines with single vertical bounding lines and double horizontal bounding lines, full length, with an additional set of double bounding lines in top margin above text on recto, all in ink; Fols. 103-124: Single column, thirty-two to thirty-six lines with double vertical and horizontal bounding lines full across in lead; remains of pricking in margins; Fols. 125-161: Single column, twenty-four to twenty-seven lines with single vertical bounding lines full length, in ink; Fols. 162-177: Single column, twenty-seven to twenty-nine lines, ruled in lead with vertical and horizontal bounding lines full length; Fols. 178-184: single column, thirty-two to thirty-eight lines with vertical bounding lines full length; text is crowded on page and often disregards bounding lines

Protogothic script

Decoration varies in sections: Fols. 7-43: one illuminated six-line initial, gold on a blue rectangular ground, several two-line initials in red or green ink throughout; Fols. 44-102: one six-line red and blue initial at beginning of text with penwork extensions; three- and two-line red or blue initials with contrasting blue or red penwork flourishes and extensions throughout; red and blue line fillers; rubrication throughout; Fols. 103-124: one six-line red ink initial; several two- and three-line red ink initials; one two-line initial; red paragraph markings throughout; Fols. 125-161: one five-line green initial and one red two-line initial; Fol. 162-177: Two-line red initials introducing both sermons; marginal notations in red and black ink.

Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.

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